Psychotherapy & Psychology

Dr Helen Payne,
M.A (Psych Hons), D.Clin.Psy., C.Psychol.

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Helen has 20 years’ experience working as a psychologist in the NHS, leaving in 2014 to start her private practice.

Helen offers compassionate, evidence-based, therapeutic assessment and treatment to adults. She has a wealth of experience including doctoral and post-doctoral therapy training and therefore can draw on a wide range of different therapeutic models and techniques. As a result Helen is able to tailor a treatment package to your specific needs. Where there are different treatment options she will discuss these with you to help you make an informed decision about what will best meet your needs. Helen has direct  experience at helping people deal with most of the difficulties that life can throw at them.

Helen is registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS), the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and also the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT).

For further information and charges please visit Helens website:

Availability in Barefoot Studio

Thursdays 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Fridays 9:00am - 3:00pm
Thursday mornings, weekday evenings and weekends by special arrangement.

Contact details to discuss your needs and make an appointment:

01656 654 548 / 07891 646 971 

What is Psychotherapy?

An analyst is a psychotherapist who has done a particularly intensive form of long term training with one of the training bodies authorised to confer the title of analyst.  Phychotherapy provides a safe and confidential setting in which to explore thoughts, worries, feelings, memories and fantasies. It enables you to gain a greater understanding and insight into your thoughts and feelings, providing you with new perspective and allowing you greater range of choices within your life.

The emphasis is upon helping you to find your own answers within a safe and accepting environment. It helps you unravel the stuck areas in your life and provides support with difficult feelings during difficult periods, such as bereavement, or relationship difficulties. Helping you to sort out your priorities and make clear choices about the future.

The overall aim is to understand the unconscious origin of difficulties and how these repetitive patterns impact upon our relationships and in the here and now.